One of my absolute favourite films: a shot of grappa laced with Prozac, a mouthwatering smorgasbord of charm, and possibly the best food film ever. Holm, Rossellini, Janney and the Tooch... and that's just the 'antipasto'. The 'secondo' is deft performances from Driver, Scott, Shalhoub et al. Best of all - let's call it the 'dolce' - is the cinematography: an absolute masterclass in where to place a camera.
Movies featuring food/cooking have become a genre unto themselves and this is my favorite of the lot. Script, cinematography, editing, score, and especially acting are without fault. The personal chemistry between all the primary performers just makes this film sing. I'd give it 4.5 stars if I could.
What a lovely little film. Thank you MUBI for bringing this to my attention. There are some bits that don't quite work for me, but the overall tone and rich feeling of the piece makes up for those in spirit and substance. I think the last scene is one of the dearest, most truthful I have seen in a long time and a real lesson for filmmakers in how to end a piece.
I remember this film getting booed in the cinema I saw it at on it's first release. I guess sometimes there's no accounting for 'taste'. The film's tone is warm, understated, subtle and absolutely believable which makes it always a joy return to. The characters are, equally, fiercely passionate about their professions and each other, and played with a perfect balance of understated humour and conviction. A gem.